While we are excited to return to the ice, it will not be business as usual inside the rink. During Phase Two, we will be limited to a maximum 30 skaters on the ice for Freestyle, and maximum of 50 Hockey players for Stick and shoot on the ice at any one time, and social distancing is still required so no contact will be permitted during hockey training sessions.
We have reviewed return-to-ice plans from Minnesota Hockey, Hockey Canada, Michigan Hockey, Massachusetts Hockey, and the IIHF to get a grasp on best-practices being used to safely return to the rink. We’ve also reviewed the Center for Disease Control’s (“CDC”) COVID-19 guidance (much of which is included below) as it relates to protection against COVID-19. In the interest of safety for all concerned, and in addition to any procedures implemented by the rinks, the following rules govern all Ion activities until further notice:
COVID-19 Awareness and Management:
Each coach, volunteer, player, family, or other participant must decide for themselves whether or not to participate in activities knowing that until COVID-19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way of completely eliminating the risk of infection. Educate yourself as to the risks involved, make informed choices, and above all do everything you possibly can to stay safe.
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